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Episode 25: True Poe

Works in this episode, in chronological order

Mentioned

Poe the looker
Poe was an insouciant handsome devil.

Poe was handsome. Some of the drawings of him are mockery, exaggerated by rivals. Some of the photographs, from which the drawings are taken, were made near the end of his life when he was ill. Exhibit A right here, Poe the looker.

Poe was stationed at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor under the alias “Edgar A. Perry” to avoid questions about his young age, and to dodge gambling debts.

Southern Literary Messenger (archives online)

Columbian Magazine (archives online)

Alexander’s Weekly Messenger at eapoe.org

Ghosts of Virginia, vol 4. by L. B. Taylor (all the volumes in one Kindle edition–the individual vol. are not yet available in ebook format)

Thomas Dunn English, one of Poe’s bitterest rivals

the Spanish Inquisition — General Lasalle, aka Antoine-Charles-Louis, Comte de Lasalle

The Rise of the Inquisition: An Introduction to the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions by Juan Marcos and Bejarano Gutierrez

choleraCholera epidemic of 1832

Correct order of Poe’s C. Auguste Dupin detective series:

  1. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
  2. The Mystery of Marie Roget (1842)
  3. The Purloined Letter (1844)

The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder by Daniel Stashower

All books added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf. Please feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads if you would like!

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Episode 17: Wolves and Hoods

Stories read in this episode

“Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” by Charles Perrault: The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

“Little Red-Cap” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (related to them by Jeannette and Marie Hassenpflug): The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

“The True History of Little Golden Hood” by M. Charles Marelles, collected in Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book

Literature quoted in this episode

“The Company of Wolves” in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (75th anniversary edition)

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Transformations by Anne Sexton (The Complete Poems)

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Suggested exploration of the Hood and Wolf in the movies

my favorite: Hard Candy

The Company of Wolves, based upon Angela Carter’s short story, above

Red Riding Hood (2011), with Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman

Trick R Treat-one of the many stories entwined in this anthology

Freeway (1996), with Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Plummer

Academic explorations

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) by Jack Zipes
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) by Marie Tatar

All books added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

Agnes Grace Weld as Little Red Riding Hood, photographed by Lewis Carroll

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Episode 15: Old School Brownies

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Girl Scouting

The Scottish Brownie, from Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales, by George Douglas, 1901:

The Scottish Brownie formed a class of beings distinct in habit and disposition from the freakish and mischievous elves. He was meagre, shaggy, and wild in his appearance.

In the daytime he lurked in remote recesses of the old houses which he delighted to haunt; and in the night sedulously employed himself in discharging any laborious task which he thought might be acceptable to the family to whose service he had devoted himself. But the Brownie does not drudge from the hope of recompense. On the contrary, so delicate is his attachment that the offer of reward, but particularly of food, infallibly occasions his disappearance for ever.

Translation: leave the damn bowl of milk, honey, or porridge for your resident helpful household deity. Thank your brownie. Or…

It is told of a Brownie, who haunted a Border family now extinct, that the lady having fallen unexpectedly in labour, and the servant, who was ordered to ride to Jedburgh for the sage-femme, showing no great alertness in setting out, the familiar spirit slipt on the great-coat of the lingering domestic, rode to the town on the laird’s best horse, and returned with the midwife en croupe. During the short space of his absence, the Tweed, which they must necessarily ford, rose to a dangerous height. Brownie, who transported his charge with all rapidity, was not to be stopped by this obstacle. He plunged in with the terrified old lady, and landed her in safety where her services were wanted. Having put the horse into the stable (where it was afterwards found in a woful plight), he proceeded to the room of the servant whose duty he had discharged, and, finding him just in the act of drawing on his boots, administered to him a most merciless drubbing with his own horsewhip. Such an important service excited the gratitude of the laird, who, understanding that Brownie had been heard to express a wish to have a green coat, ordered a vestment of that colour to be made and left in his haunts. Brownie took away the green coat, but was never seen more. We may suppose that, tired of his domestic drudgery, he went in his new livery to join the fairies. (source)

He will beat your ass and leave, even if you say you’re sorry and make him a wee coat.

muffinsA sweeter sort, who won’t drub you with your own whip, look like cupcakes, and have veggie power to boot:

Sweet Potato Avocado Brownie Bites

  • sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
  • avocado
  • eggs
  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • coconut flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • mini chocolate chips
  • walnuts (optional)

24 mini muffins, gluten-free: Serving size: 1 mini-muffin Calories: 71 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 9g Sugar: 7g Sodium: 115mgFiber: 1g Protein: 1g

Hit the link for the full recipe. And make me some.

And, yes, in case you were wondering, the House Elves in the Harry Potter universe are based upon Brownies. God bless Dobby.

For those who were kids at the same time as I: there were two brownies in the movie Willow (1988), Franjean and Rool.

 

Recommended Reading

The Scottish Fairy Book by Elizabeth Grierson

The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends by Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin

all added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads

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Episode 10: Boo Without Goo: Scary Movies For the Squeamish

Hecate: O! Well done! I commend your pains,

and ever one shall share i’ the gains…

Sec. Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

Open, locks,

Whoever knocks!

Macbeth, Willam Shakespeare

Scary movies for the squeamish: the list of 31 films

  1. Paranormal Activity (2010)
  2. Paperhouse (1990), based upon the young adult novel Marianne Dreams, by Catherine Storr
  3. Lady in White (1988)
  4. The Changeling (1980), with the amazing George C. Scott
  5. What Lies Beneath (2000), with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pffiefer
  6. 1408 (2007), the first Stephen King on the list–original story from the collection Everything’s Eventual
  7. Storm of the Century (1999), and there’s the second Stephen King (screenplay)
  8. The Others (2001)
  9. Dark Water: both the original (2002), directed by Ringu and Ringu 2 director Hideo Nakata, and the American remake (2005) with Jennifer Connolly; based upon the short story Floating Water (浮遊する水; Fuyū Suru Mizu from the collection From the Depths of Dark Water Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Kanji: 仄暗い水の底から) by Koji Suzuki
  10. Rose Red (2002), lookee, Stephen King again
  11. The Haunting (1963), based upon Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
  12. Skeleton Key (2005)
  13. The Ward (2010)
  14. Summer of Fear, sometimes also known as Stranger in Our House (1978), based upon the young adult novel by Lois Duncan
  15. The Ones Below (2015)
  16. It Follows (2014)
  17. Jessabelle (2014)—warning for one dead goat carcass shown
  18. The Caller (2011)
  19. Return to Oz (1985), based upon the second, third and fourth books in the Oz series: The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
  20. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
  21. Emelie (2015)
  22. The Visit (2015)
  23. Rosemary’s Baby (1968), based upon the novel by Ira Levin
  24. The Blair Witch Project plus the short Curse of the Blair Witch (1999)
  25. Unfriended (2014)
  26. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), based upon the novel by Ray Bradbury
  27. The Good Son (1993), script written by novelist Ian McEwan, famous for Atonement
  28. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  29. The Houses October Built (2014)—this is a remake of the 2011 original by the same filmmakers, I have not seen the original. This is one of those movies that you will finish watching and swear it was gory. I promise you—no gore. None.
  30. One Hour Photo (2002)
  31. The Woman in Black (2012), based upon the novel by Susan Hill

bonus movie that I apparently inserted off the cuff during production: The Witch (2016)

All books added, as usual, to our bookshelf at Goodreads

 

Suggested book this week from Audible, my lovely sponsor:

Danse Macabre, by Stephen King, narrated by William Dufris. You can purchase it here, through Audible’s partner Amazon, or get it for free through my sponsor link from Audible, by signing up for a 30-day trial of Audible’s services. Either way, you are helping to support There Might Be Cupcakes, and I thank you heartily and humbly.

If you would like to purchase it in print, and still support me, you may do so by buying it through Amazon in either Kindle, hardcover, or paperback format, and thank you! I highly recommend it–it is my favorite book on the history of horror, what’s good about it (and what should be avoided)…and it reads like you’re having a beer and conversation with a good friend.

Fairuza Balk, Return to Oz (those are not podcast headphones)

From the list:

Addendums to Rose Red

not without goo:

book: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life At Rose Red, and accompanying movie

Addendum to Something Wicked This Way Comes

the books:

series order:

  1. Dandelion Wine
  2. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  3. Farewell Summer
  4. Summer Morning, Summer Night

Addendum to Dark Water

the book tangents:

Koji Suzuki is also the author of the Ring novels:

  1. Ring
  2. Spiral
  3. Loop
  4. Birthday

Addendum to Rosemary’s Baby

The novel has a sequel: Son of Rosemary. If you cannot figure out the riddle given in a reasonable amount of time, hit me up.

My podcast recommendation this week: Faculty of Horror, Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West’s monthly graduate course on horror movies. Do your homework; here there be spoilers, and they grade on the curve of a knife.
Music used in this episode: “The Haunted Metronome”, by Pixyblink

 

Quoted in this episode (and not already mentioned)

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Episode 1: Poe and Carla and Cupcakes: Nicetameetcha

Poe and Carla and Cupcakes: Nicetameetcha

In which Carla explains why eccentric doesn’t equal crazy, that horror poetry is a thing, and cupcakes are linked to better mental health. And books. So many books.

Believe only of what you see, and nothing of what you hear.

Edgar Allan Poe

original of Poe’s “Annabel Lee” manuscript, 1846

Annabel Lee

By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;–
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

She was a child and was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me:—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling
And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:–

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea. (original manuscript says “by the side of the sea”)

 

 

Valentine
Virginia‘s acrostic Valentine to Edgar, 1846, in her handwriting

text of Virginia Clemm Poe’s acrostic Valentine :

Ever with thee I wish to roam–

Dearest my life is thine.

Give me a cottage for my home

And a rich old cypress vine

Removed from the world with its sin and care

And the tattling of many tongues.

Love alone shall guide us when we are there–

Love shall heal my weakened lungs;

And Oh, the tranquil hours we’ll spend,

Never wishing that others may see!

Perfect ease we’ll enjoy without thinking to lend

Ourselves to the world and its glee–

Ever peaceful and blissful we’ll be.

 

Saturday February 14, 1846.

 

Harold Schechter: Edgar Allan Poe Mysteries series order

  1. Nevermore
  2. The Hum Bug aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery Museum
  3. The Mask of Red Death aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Frontier Fiend
  4. The Tell-Tale Corpse aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Concord Killer

Greg Behrendt:

more info on the Myers-Briggs, the INFJ (me) and the INFP (Poe)–take the test yourself at 16personalities.com

Book Riot: The Myers-Briggs Types of  101 Famous Authors (caveat: according to Book Riot)

 

And who is that John Nash guy with all the connections? I’m glad you asked: book, movie (everything’s connected)

The Dollop’s website, for which I write: thedollop.net — thedollop.net/tag/Poe

 

Podcast recommendations (tell ’em I sent you):

 

Edith Wharton’s spot-on take on the horrors of social drama and vicious gossip: The Age of Innocence (movie). Nailed the dismount.

 

See how everything’s connected? — Fascinating background context to their lives

Presidents during their lives:

at Edgar’s birth, until March 4, 1809: Thomas Jefferson; then James Madison

at Virginia’s birth, 1822: James Monroe

at Virginia’s death, 1847: James K. Polk

at Edgar’s death, 1849: Zachary Taylor

I always had this (erroneous, I see) picture in my head of Lincoln‘s being president during Edgar’s adult writing career. Hrm. Cognitive dissonance and reframing in brain occurring…now.

Full list of presidents from period of January 19, 1809 (Edgar’s birth) to October 7, 1849 (Edgar’s death)/(presidents in office during both Edgar and Virginia’s (18221847) lives in italics):

The first (and second) presidents ever to die in office! Imagine awakening to that newspaper. How earthshaking. Whoops, um, President Harrison has died after 30 days in office. Yeah, we don’t know to act, either, beyond inaugurating the vice president. AWKward. Stay tuned.

Harrison was also the last US president to be born a British subject on American soil (Charles City, Virginia); so, when his VP, John Tyler was elected, he was the first American-born citizen to be inaugurated as president. Yes, that means that James K. Polk was the first American citizen to be elected president. If you win at trivia thanks to me, give my podcast a shoutout, and let me know, hey?

Wars during this period:

War of 1812 (18121815)
Mexican War (18461848)

States ratified during Edgar’s life: 13 (the 5 states that joined the Union during Virginia’s life are in italics):

  1. Louisiana: 1812
  2. Indiana: 1816
  3. Mississippi: 1817
  4. Illinois: 1818
  5. Alabama: 1819
  6. Maine: 1820
  7. Missouri: 1821
  8. Arkansas: 1836
  9. Michigan: 1837
  10. Florida: 1845
  11. Texas: 1845
  12. Iowa: 1846
  13. Wisconsin: 1848

Think about it! 13 states became part of the United States during Poe’s lifetime! That’s not a casual hey-how-you-doing, now-you-belong-to-the-neighborhood-watch-committee thing. Edgar went to bed 13 times to awaken to newsies shouting about an entirely new state moving in next door. Make friends, because Arkansas just moved in and is never leaving. Enjoy your coffee; we’re 25 states now, not 24, don’t get it twisted. Welcome to the future.

 links in this section are to tags for these events and years at thedollop.net; if some of them don’t have any articles attached, they will eventually, believe you me

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